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Old March 22nd, 2006, 10:03 PM
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hello all cruisemates......i have recentlyposted that my mom and myself along with her sister and another person are all traveling on the carribean princess on june 18 06.
well jus talkd to my mom and she is having second thoughts. she and i have previuosly cruised and had a wonderful time and this time we were anxious for her sister to experience cruising. however she now says she isnt reallly excited becsuse she has talked to a couple ppl that have been on the large ships and she is nervous about the waiting so long in lines for the tenders to take us to a couple of the islands. 2 of us do have bad backs and standing for long periods really affects us.. we dont really know if we are takig any shore excursions but we do like to get off and walked aroud the islands and shop.so to end this can anyone offer any encouragement? she also thinks the ship will be so crowded she wont be able to enjoy herself. . so what do u say? thanks,ceal
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Old March 22nd, 2006, 10:38 PM
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I was just reading a review earlier today that said they were concerned about the same thing, but only waited 10-15 minutes or so. I'll look for the link reply again. One thing to keep in mind, many people want to be the first ones off the ship. If you're just walking around the ports, you may want to consider waiting a little until the crowds diminish. They you might be able to walk right off without any lines!

Princess has a way of creating smaller spaces within a larger room and it does lessen the crowded feel. I would guess that one of the worst areas on that ship for crowds is the photo gallery area, which on most of the Princess ships I've been on is generally in a hallway between the atrium and back of the ship.

I had doubts about this ship too, but have since read enough good things that I'm willing to give it a try. It will probably be our next cruise!

I'll go look for that review and post the link.

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Old March 23rd, 2006, 12:07 AM
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I sailed on the Caribbean Princess last November and we docked at both St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Only tender port is Princess Cays. Would suggest you wait for about an hour (which would be 10 AM) and you should have no problem getting a tender. And, the ship is broken up into smaller areas so you don't get the big ship feel that you do on other ships (i.e. Voyager of the Seas). I didn't get a feeling of being crowded on the ship. Go and enjoy!
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 09:37 AM
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go, relax, enjoy, have a blast. We sailed on her sister the Golden and never felt like there were lots of people aboard or that we were crowded at all. Princess is really good about space management. We did not encounter long lines or waits getting off the ship at any port. 5-10 minutes tops, same goes for the tender boats at Princess Cay.
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We were on the Mariner last week - it holds over 3,000 passengers and was sold out.

The only time we waited for a tender was in Cozumel. I don't know how Princess arranges the tenders, but Royal Caribbean passed out tickets and you boarded your tender when your number was called.

I overheard people who waited until later in the day to get their tender to Cozumel, and they did not have to stand in line. We did stand in line for a few minutes for our ticket, then sat in a lounge for about 30 minutes until our tender was called, but we were going ashore first thing in the morning.

In every port we returned to the ship early --- in time for a late lunch. So not only did we never waited for a return tender, we also got to eat in peace on the ship. I did see huge lines of people waiting to tender back to the ship in the last hour every day.

If you plan your days out to avoid some of the lines, you should be just fine.

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IF they are concerned about getting on or off the ship at embarkation and disembarkation, you can request wheelchair assistance for their medical conditions. They will bring a chair and wheel them to their cabins, or off the ship, so they wont have to stand in line. You just call Princess, or your travel agent, and tell them that this assistance is needed. As someone else mentioned, for any ports that you are just getting off and walking around, just wait an hour or so after docking, and just waltz right off............many people want to get off IMMEDIATELY for shore excursions or just because they are in a big hurry........if you wait, there will be no lines. If you are booked on a Princess tour, you will be escorted off without a long wait. If you book your own tours, you will have to wait until the Princess tours get off first.
If your Mom or her sister need more than minimum assistance, you may want to make sure you have a handicapped cabin, and rent a scooter or wheelchair for use on the ship. Most scooters, or rigid chairs, will not fit through the doors of a regular cabin. Folding wheelchairs will fit through the door. It is very tiring to push a regular wheelchair over miles of carpeting. If your family doesn't need that, perhaps they would like to take a walker, like a Hugo, that is also a seat that they could sit on when they become tired.
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ceal,

i have recentlyposted that my mom and myself along with her sister and another person are all traveling on the carribean princess on june 18 06.
well jus talkd to my mom and she is having second thoughts. she and i have previuosly cruised and had a wonderful time and this time we were anxious for her sister to experience cruising. however she now says she isnt reallly excited becsuse she has talked to a couple ppl that have been on the large ships and she is nervous about the waiting so long in lines for the tenders to take us to a couple of the islands. 2 of us do have bad backs and standing for long periods really affects us.. we dont really know if we are takig any shore excursions but we do like to get off and walked aroud the islands and shop.so to end this can anyone offer any encouragement? she also thinks the ship will be so crowded she wont be able to enjoy herself. . so what do u say?


Princess has done a very good job of designing large ships that feel intimate and offering a diversity of activities that do spread out the pssengers, so it's rare to encounter crowds onboard. The only place where I have ever seen congestion is in the photo gallery, and there only at certain times.

Princess uses a ticket system for tenders. When you are ready to go ashore independently, you go as a group to the ticket station and get tickets together, then relax in a lounge until they call your number. Thus, there's no waiting in line for tenders. If you are booked on an excursion, the excursion will have reserved tenders so you just go to the lounge where the excursion meets.

That said, it really sounds like there's some other dynamic that's causing your mother to get cold feet. It might be good to get to the root of what's really going on, if you can, so you can deal with it before the cruise rather than during the cruise.

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Old March 23rd, 2006, 10:57 PM
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thank you all of you for ur time in answering my questions. i do appreciate it as i know u have to take th etime and read all these posts.but if ur like me i enjoy the updates. well today my mom heard about the fire on board the star and that didnt help but i told her that it could happen as easily on land or in an apartment building such as my own. but she will be ok plus tonite in the travel channel its 3 shows jus on cruising......... counting down to june 18. will report back after we return but in the meantime i will be checking here every day or so for new messges. thanks again.ceal
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We were on the Grand, Golden and Carribean Princess. We never felt crowded and as others have stated, the ships are laid out nicely. Go, have a wonderful cruise and check in when you get back. We can all pull the covers over our head or live and enjoy as best we can.

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